Zardari calls for robust efforts to better rural women’s conditions
The President said indeed the demographic factor has been the single most important factor in the developmental agenda. A balance has to be struck between the population growth and the available resources for sustainable development if quality service is to be provided to everyone especially in the remote and rural areas, he added. He expressed pleasure that the 26th World Population Day this year is focusing on the availability of reproductive health services.
These services are indispensable for the development of any society but have remained elusive to a large number of women, he observed. The government has accorded high priority to the reproductive health services, he added. The government is guided by the vision of its leader Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto who while addressing the United Nations - International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) stated, “I dream of a Pakistan, of an Asia, of a world, where every pregnancy is planned, and every child conceived is nurtured, loved, educated and supported”, he noted. The President said, “It is this vision of our great leader that is the driving force behind our reproductive health and family planning programs. Indeed this vision is a beacon of light for millions of poor, marginalized and underprivileged women in the developing countries including Pakistan.”
He called upon all concerned to work together in creating an environment where women have an easy and affordable access to complete package of reproductive health services. It is a challenging task involving the family planning counseling, pre-natal care, safe delivery and post-natal care.